Arab League launched Arabic translation of Global Environment Outlook report

  • CAIRO: The Arabic translation of the sixth Global Environment Outlook was launched on Thursday by the Arab League, in cooperation with the UN Environment Program and the Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe, the Qatar News Agency reported. Mahmoud Fathallah, t...
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Severity of Middle East sandstorms confronts Arab Gulf states with a daunting challenge

  • JEDDAH: For eons, large plumes of dust and sand sweeping across most of Saudi Arabia have been a natural, seasonal aspect of life. Though a common meteorological phenomenon in arid and semi-arid regions, in recent years scientists have been sounding the alarm over the adverse health and environ...
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What is causing record floods and heatwaves in China?

  • BEIJING: Record floods in southern China this month displaced more than half a million people, while searing heat buckled roads in other parts of the country. Authorities have issued extreme weather warnings in multiple regions, while experts warned that these phenomena were more evidence of t...
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How artificial rain can make a difference to Saudi Arabia and Gulf region’s water situation

  • JEDDAH: To meet the growing demand for fresh water in Saudi Arabia, authorities have launched a project that will alter the structure of clouds to increase rainfall; a technique known as cloud seeding. With long-term average rainfall of less than 100 millimeters a year, a rising population an...
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More hardship as new sandstorm engulfs parts of Middle East

  • BAGHDAD: A sandstorm blanketed parts of the Middle East on Monday, including Iraq, Syria and Iran, sending people to hospitals and disrupting flights in some places. It was the latest in a series of unprecedented nearly back-to-back sandstorms this year that have bewildered residents and raise...
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Record-breaking Pakistan heatwave leads to cases of acute kidney injury, diarrhoea, gastroenteritis

  • ISLAMABAD: The scorching spell of a record-breaking heatwave in Pakistan has led to an increase in acute kidney injury (AKI), diarrhoea and gastroenteritis cases among people, particularly in southern parts of Punjab and Sindh province, the National Institute of Health (NIH) said on Monday.&nbs...
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South Asia pummelled by heatwave that hits 50C in Pakistan

  • JACOBABAD: South Asia was in the grip of an extreme heatwave on Friday, with parts of Pakistan reaching a temperature of 50 degrees Celsius as officials warned of acute water shortages and a health threat. Swathes of Pakistan and neighboring India have been smothered by high temperatures sinc...
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Pakistan parched and pummelled by blistering heatwave

  • JACOBABAD: Pakistan was in the grip of a heatwave on Friday, with parts of the nation already scalded by temperatures of nearly 50 degrees Celsius as officials warned of acute water shortages and a threat to health. Swathes of Pakistan have been smothered by high temperatures since late April,...
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Cloud-seeding operation begins in skies over Saudi Arabia

  • RIYADH: The first phase of a cloud-seeding operation was officially launched on Tuesday by Abdulrahman Al-Fadhli, the Saudi minister of environment, water and agriculture and chair of the National Center of Meteorology. It is taking place in the skies over Riyadh, Qassim and Hail regions. The...
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Iraq ‘green belt’ neglected in faltering climate fight

  • Karbala: Envisioned as a lush fortress against worsening desertification and sand storms, the “green belt” of Iraq’s Karbala stands as a wilted failure. Sixteen years after its inception, only a fraction of the 76-kilometer (47-mile) crescent-shaped strip of greenery has materialized, though t...
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